X24 will be attending a performance of Romeo & Juliet at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool on Wednesday 27th February. We will be leaving school at 10am and aim to return to XP by 7pm. Students will need to bring a packed lunch that will be eaten on arrival in Blackpool and also have some further food to snack on during the return journey. We will keep you updated during the day through the school website.
This week in crew we have been prepping for SLC. SLC stands for student led conference. This is where we show our parents or work that is good and bad. We also tell them about our mindset and behaviour that term.In class this week we started a new page in our books and made a pledge. We then worked really hard to keep our books neat and still are.
During crew we do different types of academic activities. We also do fun crew and we have a bank for minutes we earn during crew and lessons for how we behave. We get 1 minute extra fun activity for a positive conduct log, but we lose 30 seconds for any negative ones. These minutes determine how much fun activity time we get as a crew. The crew bank keeps track of how many minutes we can use for fun sessions.
Recently we have been earning butterflies in expedition sessions that recognise specifically the positive contributions we have made. Here are a few that Crew Obama has earnt.
(Crew blog by table 1 – Kian, Henry and Charlotte)
Introducing Crew Obama of C24. We’re keen to stay in touch and to showcase the amazing things that we get up to here at XP. Let’s start by sharing how we got on recently in Ullswater on Outward Bound.
It is with great pleasure that I can confirm that all of our Year 7 Crews in C24 will have their Outward Bounds experience at the Ullswater Centre in the Lake District. This will take place at the beginning of Year 8, and so will be an important point for us to once more reflect upon the question ‘What is Crew?’.
Students will depart from XP by coach on the morning of Tuesday 28th August and will return on the evening of Friday 31st August.
C24 will be pioneers in their own right as they are the first of our students to visit the Ullswater Centre. I know that they will have an exciting, enjoyable and most importantly meaningful experience that will help them to further develop their character and come back to school with even greater purpose to produce beautiful work and continue to become beautiful people.
As such it is vital that all students attend the four days in the Lake District. Our school’s roots lie in the Outward Bounds movement. Forming a respectful relationship with nature, and enjoying the primacy of self-discovery are at the heart of our curriculum.
There will be a meeting for all families of C24 students on Tuesday 5th June at 6.00pm in XP School where we will be happy to answer any questions that you have.
- A kit list is available here
- A fact sheet about the centre is available here.
- Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
Some important points around organisation are as follows:
- C24 students need to be at school for 8.30am on Tuesday 28th August 2018 as we need to depart by coach at 9.00am.
- A £10 refundable deposit is required from every student for room insurance at the centre. Could you please secure this in an envelope with your son’s/daughter’s name and pass this onto me following the meeting on 5th June.
- Students are allowed to take mobile phones but once at the centre they will be stored securely during the day. Students will be allowed to access their phones for a brief period during the evening to phone home, if required. Phones will be then collected back in by Crew Leaders and returned to the store.
- If you need to phone the centre for any reason the number is 01768 485000.
- we will arrive back in Doncaster on Friday 31st August 2018 at approximately 4.30pm. We will keep you updated of any delays/updates via our website.
- Students will return to school will as usual on Monday 3rd September 2018 to begin their new learning expeditions.
If you have any questions in the meantime please contact our office:
I look forward to seeing you on the 5th June.
The following topics will be covered in the assessment on Tuesday 15th May.
- Algebra – Solving & Simplifying Equations
- Pie Charts
- Angle & Shape Properties
The Year 8 Presentation of Learning will take place on Tuesday 8th May for Skipper and Wednesday 9th May for students in Admiral. The evening will be held at The Point in Doncaster at 5.30pm. We have chosen The Point as it provides students the opportunity to perform their poetry to an authentic audience and in the home of Doncaster Community Arts. Students will need to be collected from the venue not from School at 6.30pm. Students are looking forward to sharing their hard work with you.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact School.
Year 8 Team
The following link will take you to The Point, Doncaster. https://www.thepoint.org.uk
All students have been set two short tasks to complete on Hegarty Maths in preparation for sessions next week. The deadline is for completion by Wednesday 18th April.
We have decided to postpone C23’s fieldwork to Flamborough Head that was scheduled for this Friday 16th of March. The weather forecast predicts strong winds and heavy rain and having completed a risk assessment, we have decided that it would not be wise to continue with the trip.
We will instead reschedule the visit for Skipper to Tuesday 20th March. Please see our original post on fieldwork requirements for the day.
During the first week back C23 students will be going on fieldwork to the East Yorkshire Coast to investigate the impact of nature on the land. On Wednesday the 14th March Admiral will be going followed by Skipper on Friday 16th March. Students will spend time on the beach at both locations.
We will be leaving at 8.45am and will return to school between 3.30pm and 4pm depending on the traffic. Students will be out of school all day and as a result will need a packed lunch and warm clothing – we would recommend that students have at least 3 layers- as well as a waterproof coat. Students who receive free school meals will be provided with a packed lunch.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The Year 8 Team
Mrs Batty, Miss Robinson, Mr Blair and Mr Voltaire.